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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation H-01-036
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Synopsis: On January 28, 2000, about 5:56 a.m. in Glendale, California, a tractor-combination vehicle, operated by Mercury Transportation, Inc., was transporting an oil refinery condenser unit. The vehicle missed a turn in its planned route, traversed a highway-railroad grade crossing, turned around, and was attempting to retraverse the the crossing when it became lodged on the railroad tracks. About 90 seconds later, northbound Metrolink commuter train 901, operated by the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, collided with the semitrailer. The engineer, conductor, and four passengers received minor injuries. Total damages were estimated to be over $2 million.
Recommendation: TO THE COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SAFETY ALLIANCE, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE AND THE NATIONAL SHERIFFS' ASSOCIATION: Notify your members of the circumstances of the Glendale, California, accident and encourage them to train their officers to make sure (1) that documentation regarding permits is reviewed and verified; (2) that safety briefings to discuss routings and special conditions, including the hazards associated with moving oversize/overweight vehicles over grade crossings, are conducted; (3) that provisions for handling off-route loads are in place; and (4) that necessary notification to the railroads is made before an oversize/overweight vehicle is escorted across a highway/rail grade crossing.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Highway
Location: Glendale, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: HWY00FH027
Accident Reports: Collision Between Metrolink Train 901 and Mercury Transportation, Inc., Tractor- Semitrailer at Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing
Report #: HAR-01-02
Accident Date: 1/28/2000
Issue Date: 12/20/2001
Date Closed: 5/5/2011
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (Closed - Acceptable Action)
International Association of Chiefs of Police (Closed - Unacceptable Action - No Response Received)
National Sheriffs' Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: International Association of Chiefs of Police
Date: 5/5/2011
Response: On December 4, 2002, the NTSB sent a letter to the IACP requesting information on what action, if any, your organization had taken or had planned to take to implement Safety Recommendations H-01-36 and H-02-6. On April 22, 2010, the NTSB sent a letter requesting information on what action, if any, the IACP had taken or had planned to take to implement Safety Recommendations H-01-36, H-02-6 and A-09-138. On November 23, 2010, the NTSB sent a letter requesting information on what action, if any, IACP had taken or had planned to take to implement Safety Recommendations H-01-36, H-02-6, I-07-3 and A-09-138. With the exception of the IACP’s May 2, 2008, reply to the NTSB’s August 20, 2007, letter, which resulted in our classifying Safety Recommendation I-07-3 “Open—Acceptable Response,” we have received no information from the IACP regarding what, if anything, your organization has done to address these important safety issues. The NTSB is vitally interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure that the traveling public is provided the highest level of safety and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. That is why we monitor the implementation of all of our recommendations. Accordingly, because the NTSB has been unable to confirm that the IACP has completed action to address these issues, Safety Recommendations H-01-36, H-02-6, and A-09-138 are classified CLOSED – UNACCEPTABLE ACTION – NO RESPONSE RECEIVED, and Safety Recommendation I-07-3 is classified “Closed—Unacceptable Action.” Should the NTSB receive a timely response from you indicating that the IACP has acted to address these recommendations, with details of the actions taken, we may reevaluate their classifications.

From: NTSB
To: International Association of Chiefs of Police
Date: 11/23/2010
Response: The NTSB is interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure the public the highest level of safety and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. That is why we attempt to monitor the progress of all our recommendations. Accordingly, the NTSB would appreciate receiving information from the IACP regarding any actions taken or being contemplated in response to Safety Recommendations H-01-36, H-02-6, I-07-3 and A-09-138. Please note that this is our third request for information about Safety Recommendations H-01-36 and H-02-6. Copies are enclosed of the following letters: the NTSB’s December 20, 2001 (enclosure 1), May 24, 2002 (enclosure 2), December 4, 2002 (enclosure 3), June 27, 2007 (enclosure 4), May 2, 2008 (enclosure 5), November 13, 2009 (enclosure 6), and April 22, 2010 (enclosure 7), letters, and the IACP’s August 20, 2007 (enclosure 8) letter. Please refer to Safety Recommendations H-01-36, H-02-6, I-07-3, and A-09-138 in your reply.

From: NTSB
To: International Association of Chiefs of Police
Date: 4/22/2010
Response: NMC# 103416: The NTSB is interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure the public the highest level of safety and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. That is why we attempt to monitor the progress of all of our recommendations. The NTSB would appreciate receiving information from the IACP, therefore, on any actions being contemplated in response to Safety Recommendations H-01-36, H-02-6 and A-09-138. Note, this is the second request for information on Safety Recommendations H-01-36 and H-02-6. Copies of the NTSB’s December 20, 2001, May 24, 2002, December 4, 2002, and November 13, 2009, letters are enclosed. Please refer to Safety Recommendations H-01-36, H-02-6 and A-09-138 in your reply, and address your response to Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. The full report of the Fox River Grove, Illinois (Report Number: HAR-01/02), the Jackson, Tennessee (Report Number: HAR-02/01, and the District Heights, Maryland (Report Number: AAR-09/07), accidents are available on our Web site at www.ntsb.gov .

From: NTSB
To: International Association of Chiefs of Police
Date: 12/4/2002
Response: NMC# 101784: The Safety Board is interested in knowing whether and how its recommendations are implemented, both to ensure the public the highest level of safety and to identify creative solutions that might be shared with others. That is why we attempt to monitor the progress of all of our recommendations. The Board is also particularly interested in establishing constructive dialogues with the IACP on safety issues of mutual interest to our respective organizations. The Board would appreciate receiving information from the IACP, therefore, on any actions being contemplated in response to Safety Recommendations H-01-36 and H-02-6. If you have any questions regarding these recommendations, please contact Mr. Ed Pacchetti in the Safety Board's Office of Safety Recommendations and Accomplishments at (202) 314-6077, or Mr. Ken Suydam in the Safety Board's Office of Highway Safety at (404) 562-1660.

From: NTSB
To: National Sheriffs' Association
Date: 12/4/2003
Response: Thank you for the copy of the September-October 2003 issue of your publication, Sheriff, in which you printed the recommendation and the circumstances of this accident. In addition, the Safety Board notes that the NSA distributed copies of the recommendation, the circumstances of the accident, and the Federal Register/Vol. 68, No. 88/Proposed Rules (Federal Highway Administration/ Work Zone Safety and Mobility) to every member of your Traffic Safety Committee during your annual conference. These actions meet the intent of the recommendation; accordingly, Safety Recommendation H-01-36 is classified CLOSED -- ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: National Sheriffs' Association
To: NTSB
Date: 9/10/2003
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 9/16/2003 10:59:49 AM MC# 2030466 - From Juan Cardona, Director Traffic Safety: This letter is a response to your letter dated June 13,2003, in which you mentioned several recommendations that the National Transportation Safety Board issued to the National Sheriffs' Association (specifically, R-98-64, H-01-36 and H-02-6). Regarding recommendation R-98-64, no action was taken because you stated that it had been classified as "Closed--Reconsidered." As for recommendations H-01 -36 and H-02-6, they have been published in our bi-monthly publication Sheriff. In addition, copies of the recommendations, description of the accident in Glendale California, and the Federal Register/ VoL 68, No. 88/Proposed Rules (Federal Highway Administration/ Work zone Safety and Mobility), were distributed to every member of the Traffic safety committee during our annual conference. Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. Should you have any questions or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

From: NTSB
To: National Sheriffs' Association
Date: 6/13/2003
Response: NMC# 102079: The Safety Board believes that providing the transportation community with information on the specific issues uncovered during our investigations will help prevent future accidents. For your convenience, we have prepared the enclosed article that we request you insert in the publication that has the widest distribution to your membership and place on your Web site, if possible, if you have not already printed a similar article. We would appreciate receiving a copy of the document containing the article, once it has been published, or a copy of the article you have already published to address this recommendation.

From: NTSB
To: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
Date: 12/30/2002
Response: CVSA's fall workshop included training and discussion of the four items of this recommendation, including permit documentation, routings and special conditions, provisions for handling off-route loads, and notification of railroads before an oversize/overweight vehicle is escorted across a highway/rail grade crossing. In addition, the CVSA published details about the Glendale, California, accident and H-01-36 in the summer 2002 issue of their newsletter, The Guardian. CVSA has met the intent of Safety Recommendation H-01-36, which is classified CLOSED ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
To: NTSB
Date: 7/1/2002
Response: Letter Mail Controlled 07/12/2002 5:08:53 PM MC# 2020672 - From Stephen F. Campbell, Executive Director: This letter responds to the Safety Board's December 20, 200l correspondence on Highway Safety Recommendations H-01-32, 33, and 36. These recommendations deal with pilot car driver training programs, oversize/overweight vehicle movement guidelines, and encouragement of CVSA members to train their officers on permits, safety briefings, provisions for off-route loads, and notification of railroads before an oversize/overweight vehicle is escorted across. These recommendations are a result of circumstances arising from the January 28,2000 tractor-combination vehicle and train collision in Glendale, California. We apologize for not providing a prompt response to the Safety Board's letter. As a result of the Board's letter CVSA intends to take the following actions: 1. Prepare an article for out quarterly newsletter, The Guardian, to inform inspectors of the findings; concerns; and recommendations raised by the Board in its accident investigation. 2. At the CVSA fall workshop to be held August 24-29, 2002 in Boston, Massachusetts, there will be a four-hour training, discussion, and Q & A session on: · Pilot car training programs · Oversize/overweight vehicle movement procedures and guidelines · Current training practices including: reviewing and verifying permits, safety briefings discussing routings and special conditions (i.e. hazards of moving oversize/overweight vehicles over grade crossings), provisions for handling off-route loads and notifications to railroads made prior to escorting a load across a highway/rail grade crossing · Regulations and permitting of weights, lengths, and widths of commercial motor vehicles · Technology solutions and recommendations · Best practices for administration and enforcement of oversize/overweight loads · Any data or information on the safety fitness of these loads Speakers from various fields of expertise on the above issues have been invited to the CVSA Fall Workshop for a 4 hour discussion, training, and Q & A session, scheduled for August 28th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. The invited include speakers from the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association, the United Professional Escort Car Association, the State of Colorado, the American Trucking Associations, the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. 3. Committee discussions will be held to address the recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board, and various oversize/overweight commercial motor vehicle and highway-railroad grade crossing safety concerns. 4. Outcomes of the committee discussions, to include training recommendations and guidelines, will be posted on the CVSA web-site. At the April 2002 CVSA Spring Workshop in South Dakota, the Driver-Traffic Enforcement Committee deliberated on the issue of adding a specific endorsement to the Commercial Driver's License for drivers of oversize/overweight shipments. In response to the discussion, a letter was sent to FMCSA requesting safety statistics on movements of oversize/overweight commercial vehicles to aid the Committee in developing a position on the safety fitness of these movements. Likewise, the Driver-Traffic Enforcement Committee has initiated discussions with Operation Lifesaver to explore collective actions on joint highway rail crossing safety initiatives. If the Board has additional suggestions or recommendations for CVSA to consider, we welcome its ideas. For our part, we will continue to be vigilant in our effort to promote proper oversize/overweight vehicle operations and education. We look forward to furthering our excellent relationship with the NTSB in making positive impacts on commercial vehicle and highway safety.